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About the Author

Dave Barnhart is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in 1997, and his Ph.D. in homiletics and social ethics from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He is the author of What's in the Bible About Church? (Abingdon, 2009). He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and son.
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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468110950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468110951
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ironically (or very appropriately), I read this book on a cross country plane ride to Vegas. The text flows easily, and it is written in a way that makes a potentially complex theological discussion very accessible, with close attention to giving scriptural basis for each point. As a Christian, I follow a loving Christ who calls me first to love Him and second to love my neighbor as myself. This book is a must read for all who are weary of hearing a "judge first, love second" gospel preached and those who feel alienated by today's church.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Barnhart on April 11, 2012
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I suppose most of us have felt left out on occasion. Imagine a God that wanted no part of you because of your race, ethnicity, or gender. There wouldn't be much you could do about that. You would be on the outside. What if you have same sex attraction? You didn't ask to be born with those feelings, yet that is how you are wired. Christianity has gotten a bad rap in recent years due to outspoken leaders' judgmental approach toward others who are different. Perhaps this book has come along so that those who have felt excluded can find a way toward the Church's inclusiveness modeled by Jesus. He reached out to people the religious establishment shunned. That approach may generate some enthusiasm for becoming a part of the body of Christ. This book is a good study with Biblical references. While the scholarship is top-notch, it is an easy read. I am biased, of course, not just because I have the same name as the author (who is my son), but because I happen to believe that God is the father of us all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Walsh on July 27, 2012
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While I think the author did a good job with addressing the main emphasis of his title, even more so I think he gave me a much greater appreciation for the writings of Paul. I strongly recommend this book. It's a fairly quick and very enjoyable read that I think a lot of people will gain insight from.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mezzell on April 27, 2012
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This book has figured out how to look at very historical, old ideals in a fresh & new way. For anyone who is tired of Christianity feeling old, stale and outdated, this book will help change things up. There's plenty of humor mixed with vivid descriptions and historical facts to keep anyone interested. It will definitely make you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra M. Gerhardt on April 3, 2013
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Dave Barnhart enabled me to see God more clearly as loving, caring and inclusive. The apostle John's "For God so loved THE WORLD" came alive for me in a new way. John Wesley's "THE WORLD is my parish," took on new meaning. I pray that all Christendom will move toward Dr. Barnhart's way of embracing all people in the loving, powerful manner that he sees God in Jesus Christ embracing us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry Colegrove on April 23, 2013
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I found "God Shows No Partiality" to be very thought provoking and challenging. Although I find myself disagreeing with some of his theological viewpoints, Dave Barnhart does an excellent job encouraging his readers to adopt this important point - that God really does not show partiality. A very good read and I would recommend it to all serious students of the Bible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent P on December 16, 2013
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Barnhart has written an outstanding book that challenges the popular "us vs them" dialog of the Christian faith. He promotes the "lost slogan" of Christianity, that God Shows No Partiality, clarifying that:

"When we describe God as impartial, we are describing what God is not: partial, as human beings are. It is a feature of God's ability to know the perfect truth about people and situations"

He is careful to call this merely a slogan, not doctrine. This idea then, is not about some all-inclusive universalism but about broadening and challenging our notions not only of who are elect, but that our own prejudices, preferences and human bias will always color our understanding of such. God, being God, is the only impartial observer capable of unmasking our true nature.

And while this message of an impartial God may suggest the book is merely an extended essay on a God Barnhart has created from emotion, this is not the case. The book is a consistent reading of scripture that highlights its theme throughout the old testament, Jesus' ministry and the letters of Paul relying heavily on the historical context of stories being told.

It is a very rewarding read and one I recommend without reservation.
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